Authored by: Jon D. Rossini

The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415666060
eBook ISBN: 9780203097199
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221613


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The Spanish word “teatro” usefully incorporates the complexities of approaching the topic of US Latino/a theater, as it references not only the literary and performance genre itself, but also the structures – artistic, architectural, institutional, and communal – that facilitate its dissemination. These structures vary in size, scope, scale, and intention, as do the individually written and collaboratively created works themselves, and it is crucial to keep these material conditions of production in mind when critically analyzing the work. The contextual information gleaned from the cultural and aesthetic function, intended audience(s), and specific location of production radically impacts the way teatro is both conceived and received. While the need for understanding context extends to all literary forms, the collaborative processes of dramatic creation and realization through the action of specific bodies heighten the importance of these elements. And, these contextual elements are often explicitly thematized and examined within traditions of minoritized cultural production.

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